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hurricane katrina. are you confident that fema is prepared given the sheer size of this storm, almost a thousand miles in dimer. >> it is a huge storm and the impact will on the storm is so big, it is impacting several states from dc all the way up to maine at the s same time. but i am rae very comfortable. we have a great administrator running the organization. he gets it, he's from florida, a good emergency manager. doesn't run around with his hair on fire. so i'm confident they will do a good job. >> on a conference call today n fact, youro successor, mr. fugate said the disaster fund at fema has a billion dollars in t more or less. is that enough for this kind of response that will be necessary? >> probably at the end of the day the expenses will be momr than that. but es, it's enough for t now. what the president has done, the president has done a prelandfall declaration of all of the states up the east coast. so that allows the administrator to move supplies in now, move people in now, rescue teams in, and to get ready, work with those emergency managers to make sure the states
fema will pay 75% of local governments' costs. the other 2 are shared by state and local governments. a fema also has the green light to help families in hard-hit areas pay for mage that's not covered by their insurance plans.ha the money comes from fema's disaster relief fund. right now, it has $3.6 billion. congress has also allotted an additional $7 billion, and officls say they're confident they can foot the bill. of course, private insurance companies will also pay out claims for damag t early estimates, put the insurance industry's tabt $10 billion. still, some policy holders whot didn't separate flood insurance, could be in for a big surprise. >>hose policies are available through the national flood insurance program. however, if you didn't have one, you may have a situation where you're not going to have coverage for your loss if all you had was flood damage. >> reporter: insurance companies say adjusters are ready to start assessing damage and paying claims. but the scope of the damage could slow down the claims process, making for some frustrated customers. sylvia hall, "n.
. and at the same time, brought up mitt romney's earlier statements about wanting to reorganize fema and give it to the states at a time when everybody, especially governor christie, was appreciating the centralized femaand reorganized fema under the obama administration. >> i'd like to point out fethat mayor bloomberg didn't say it was only on the issue of climate change. he mentioned reproductive rights and pro choice and i think there was another issue.s this was a reason -- he pointed out that governor romney had taken reasonable positions in the past, which he -d apparently abandoned. >> this is an excellent point. it was also, you know, a rejection of romney. >> who cares? >> who cares about the mayor of new york? he's a big deal in new york, nationally, chris christie is better known. august -- all bloomberg is known for is the >> okay. where's mitt? >> at a subsequent interview, the governor took a question from fox reporter steve doocy. >> is there any possibility that governor romney may go to new jersey to tour some of the damage with you? >> i have ea, nor am i the least bit conc
with fema and we have lots of the oil companies... gulf oil d hess have both said that they will deliver gasoline with the national guardd nd femndto any gas station that is not giving out gas because they are t of gas. we are on top of the gas situation. >> suarez: frustration was also at a boil on new york city'st staten island, where local officials complained they've been largely ignored since storm.'s >> this is america, not a third world nation. we need food, we need clothing. >> suarez: another fight was brewing over running the new york city marathon sunday morning beginning on staten island. new york city mayor michael bloomberg defended the decision. >> it doesn't use resources that can really make a difference in recovery and that sort of thing. it's a different group of people. we have to work around the clock for people to get through this thing, and i assure you we're doing that. if i thought it took any resources away from that we would, we would not do this. >> bloomberg reversed course and announced the marathon was canceled. further adding to the frustration of many, th
is finished. fema said today it is now working on restoring power and helping people who lost their homes find places to stay. then, it will be time to assess the damage and start working through insurance claims. but as sylvia hall reports, it could be difficult for consumers to get paid. >> reporter: if you have flood insurance, it comes from a government fund called the federal flood insurce program that's backed by the treasury. most people who don't need it, don't buy it, making it hard nsr the program to pay for itself in the wake of a major disaster. so it's probably no surprise that back in 05, hurricanes katrina and rita drained the fund and plunged the program $18 billion into debt. it's debt congress planned ton forve, bufohasn't yet. that leaves the program on poor financial footing with only about $4 billion worth of fundsh available for claims related to sandy. >> from what i've seen, this could be a $5 billion to $10 billion flooding event, so more than likely, the program will have to go to congress to get additional borrowing authority. >> reporter: former program administrato
the republican primary debates may have said that he would actually cut back on fema which ma not as unpopular as it once was. >> he said he wanted to move as much of that responsibility to the states and to private contributions a poible. so he's getting hit for that right now.ib what would mitt romney's fema look like? would it be as well funded as the current organization? there's about $7 billion in the bank right now. if mitt romney and republicans were in control in congress there a question as to how they would handle disaster relief. generally speaking they've not wanted to spend as much money on that. certainly when they do spend money on disaster relief they want to offset it usually meaning cut back on other q services that the government provides in order to pay for it. democrats tend to want to tax a little more for that or add to the deficit because ofhe emergency. >> ifill: chris christie as the governor of new jersey who the president will be traveling with tomorrow looking at hurricane damage, you can only assume that that will be many levels interpretation of that particular
are on rescue mission in new jersey and new york's hardest- hit areas. fema is pulling in generators and worscng with power co wanies to get the lights back on.r the storm's damage was so severe that president obama quickly declared major disasters in new york and new jersey overnight. the decision frees up federal dollars to help families and businesses recover their losses. it also allows the u.s. to reimburse local and state governments for some of the expenses they'll face as th rebuild. the east coast may be cleaning up, but sandy isn't finished. the storm is plowing inland, dump g snow across the appalachians. duwith sandy still churning, its nearly impossible to know how extensive the damage will be or how long the cleanup will last. sylvia hall, nbr, washington.an >> tom: earlier, susie mentioned the challenges of getting around one of the world's largest and most congested cities with no public transportation. city buses began rolling on new york streets at 5:00 p.m. eastern time today, but only partial service and on a reduced schedule. we have more on the work ahead to get new york mo
and the questions being posed to mitt romney about fema funding. >> belva: president obama get a bump and rating out of his handling -- >> in the last week, wve seen a sea change in the presidentil race, obama not only got a bump in the polls, no doubt about it, but the fact he got the support of michael bloomberg and chris christie -- >> chris christie hasn't endorsed him. >> the fact is, he said he endorsed his role -- >> his leadership. >> his leadership, and i think that was very critical. it did raise the whole issue of, what is the role of government? and i think a lot of people stood back and watched some of the destruction there, i think the affects of sandy are going to be talked about for a long time on this presidential race, coming where they did when romney has had some momentum going into it. we'll see if he does coming out of it. >> >> belva: i have to return to odette here. we talked about polls. where are issues that these groupsof any of the grouches -- . >> looking beyond the numbers, they were able to glean direct insight from journalists in a weekly election series that we did
and that power could take us seven to ten days to get back. but fema officials are here working with the utilitys so they stressed it could be much sooper and they want it to be much soaner th that. >> suarez: there must have been a lot of water in basemts, in any place below ground level, though. >> there is, yeah.ts there's a lot of damage, as there is all around new jersey, from rising waters. one other issue they hav in h hoboken because there are a lot of high-rises many people, especially elderly people, stayed in their high-rises. so now that there's no power they're not able to get back down. so there's a concerted effort to get around to especially elderly housing complexes and deliver those people food and water ande medicine as well. they have a fewnd pharmacists, nurse practitioners going around toeoeople helping them get the medication they need if they're unable to get out of their homes. >> suarez: aren't there towns very close to hoboken north and south on the hudson river that aren't as heavily affected? >> there are. jersey city is one. jersey cityid get waterge but in the dow
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